Vocabulary is an essential part of the TOEFL exam. Look at
your thick dictionary lying on your table. It has more than thousands of TOEFL
essential words. Are you supposed to learn all of them at once? Well,
obviously, not. Do not forget a classic phrase, slow and steady wins the race.
It would be best if you aim to learn five new words a day,
five days a week. If you go by this strategy, you will be able to master 25
words in a week. Moreover, nearly 100 new words a month and 1200 words a year.
It doesn’t seem much of a task. Well, it isn’t. The best part of this strategy
is that most essential TOEFL words included in books are merely 400-500. It
means you mastered all of them in just 4-5 months. Learning five words each day
is only active learning. Now, this brings us to the next most crucial part in
the process to learn five new TOEFL words a day effectively:
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It is advisable to create categories because it will let you
imagine your word well. Words won’t appear by themselves, and you only have to organize
your thoughts around them. You can start by making a list of specific
categories which are essential to your life and the TOEFL exam. You can add
• Education • Career • Business • Relationships • Family • Sports • Religion, and soon.
We have mentioned some of the examples so that you could get
a fair picture. The next step is to fill your categories with existing
2. Select your words:
You can choose a group for a week. Let’s say; you picked
Education for this week. Now choose five words a day like Professor, Students,
teachers, etc. You can find the words from a TOEFL word list book.
This is a great approach and will increase the chances that
these words will appear in your TOEFL test. You can select words for your
categories from reading and listening practice material.
3. Define your chosen words:
Now that you have chosen your words for your groups, the
next important step is to define them. It is advisable to try to guess the
meaning of each word after reading it in the entire sentence. To confirm, you
can use the monolingual English dictionary. Now, that you now know the meaning
of the word, create your sentence using that word.
4. Review your words:
After writing your
words according to the category, then is the time to review your words. For
this, you can either use flashcards or sticky notes or can set timers on your
phone. Use your words throughout the day. Try to use those words while you are
practising your speaking and writing modules. Also, it is best if you could ask
your friends or family to quiz you.
5. Examine your words in the weekend:
We told you to learn five words a day, five days a week. By
following this format, you get two free days in which you could review the
words that you learnt in the entire week. It is the time to let your knowledge
seep into your mind. By using this strategy, you will be able to increase your
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